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porters. “We are not apol­o­gis­ing for Daryl ex­er­cis­ing his free­dom of ex­pres­sion,” he added, though he ex­pressed “re­gret” that “so many peo­ple are up­set, in­clud­ing mil­lions and mil­lions of our fans.”

The tweet posted on Fri­day has pro­voked an in­ter­na­tional firestorm, with China sus­pend­ing broad­casts of NBA ex­hi­bi­tion matches on its state broad­caster and spon­sors cut­ting ties with the Rock­ets. China is the NBA’s big­gest mar­ket out­side the United States, and the Rock­ets are hugely pop­u­lar there, hark­ing back to their sign­ing of Chi­nese star Yao Ming, who Sil­ver said was “ex­tremely up­set” about Morey’s tweet.

Sil­ver ac­knowl­edged that the con­tro­versy was hav­ing sig­nif­i­cant con­se­quences — it has largely over

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